This text explores the challenges that convicted offenders face over the course of the rehabilitation, reentry, and reintegration process. Using an integrated, theoretical approach, each chapter is devoted to a corrections topic and incorporates original evidence-based concepts, research, and policy from experts in the field, and examines how correctional practices are being managed. Students are exposed to examples of both the successful attempts and the failures to reintegrate prisoners into the community, and they will be encouraged to consider how they can help influence future policy decisions as practitioners in the field.

Seeking Medical and Psychiatric Attention

Seeking Medical and Psychiatric Attention

Seeking medical and psychiatric attention
Elizabeth CorzineMcMullan

As early as 1929 it was recognized that the health care services provided to inmates were woefully inadequate (Rector, 1929). Recommendations for minimum standards were provided to address the inadequacies and largely ignored. These recommendations included the provision of two physical exams by a medical professional for all inmates, daily clinic hours, and complete dental and optometric care (Rector, 1929). The issues surrounding the inferior care inmates received during incarceration began to gain public attention and subsequently led to a shift in public thinking around the 1960s. This shift in public thinking is said to have sparked a change in the judicial approach.

Until 1962, the judiciary adopted a hands-off approach to corrections. The justifications for ...

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